In 2016, the verb “to google” was finally added to the Oxford English Dictionary, despite years of consistent use. Each year, Time Magazine releases a list of the most “googled” terms for that year. This list in 2016 contained words such as Trump, Hillary Clinton, Prince, Hurricane Matthew, and Pokémon Go. If you find yourself feeling guilty of googling any of these words, don’t worry! So did the rest of the world.
Needless to say, the past two decades we have seen Google take over the world. For some, such as the Alaskan Bush People, they choose to hide from the technological advances of the world and rely on nature and what they can do with their own hands. For others, such as people probably reading this post, we have made it our mission to advance WITH the world and embrace what our brilliant human race has created.
This leads me to my hard thought topic of discussion. With the power of not only Google, but the entire World Wide Web, the possibilities are endless. Our culture is a culture of a get-rich-quick-reality-tv-vlogging-do-it-yourself-pinterest-loving phenomenon. I am definitely not critiquing these people because I am unashamedly next in line to try to take Joanna Gaines’ place on HGTV. But there is a constant theme here and that is this: Get found online. Everyone wants to “go viral,” as my dad would say. [Read more…]